Brian Henson was nervous that the whole cast and crew would get motion sick as the ship rolled on the gimbals. He gave everyone seasickness pills for the first day of the shoot, and not only did the cast and crew not get seasick but they almost fell asleep on the job.
I am full of sadness at the loss of David Bowie - a great talent and a consummate professional. I worked with David when he played the Goblin King in my father’s film “Labyrinth.” He was a bright spot of joy everyday on the set, sharing his sense of humor and of course his wonderful musical talents with us. My heart goes out to David’s family and his many fans. The world will certainly miss this magical man and I will deeply miss a true friend.
It’s that thing that happens with girls at that age who can pull off an illusion that they’re an adult is then they end up with a struggle of what happens when an adult man starts to respond to you. Well, everyone in the audience is uncomfortable with that, that kind of has to be true. And it’s scary for her. And that’s the important part about it that I think my dad was trying to do there, but also all the way through is, ‘What’s going on here? At first here’s this Jareth, he’s the Goblin King. He’s scary, he’s a bad guy, he’s got my little brother,’ and then this weird tension comes in with, ‘Yeah but he’s also masculine, I’m attracted to him. He’s male, I’m female, but I’m a child. I wanted to be an adult, I don’t want to be an adult if that’s what it means.’ That is tough and delicate material that you have to, you know, work with carefully. And also extremely important, I mean it’s also a big part of any young teenager’s life, is they’re starting to figure out sexuality and their urges and all that and… And it’s scary. And you can step wrong if you’re not careful how you tread, and ultimately, you know Sarah as a character because Jareth keeps saying, “Come on, come on, come on. I’ll keep going with you.” And she is the one who makes the mature choice.
Brian Henson, “Journey through the Labyrinth: Kingdom of Characters” from the film, “Labyrinth”
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) - dir. Brian Henson
Jerry Juhl does a fabulous job of adapting the famous Charles Dickens’ novella into a fresh story for children of all ages. The meta-humor will still get laughs, and it’s just so hard to not let everything fade away and enjoy the antics of Gonzo and Kermit.
Michael Caine does a good Ebeneezer, also. It’s just a timeless family film, and we should expect no less from the Hensons or Disney.
The wife of Brian Henson (the film’s producer and director), Ellis Flyte, gives an uncredited appearance as Big Fat Ugly Bug-Faced Baby-Eating O'Brian (a female ship’s crew mate seen only during the Roll Call scene) in Muppet Treasure Island.